As someone who makes more money breeding snakes than my normal 7-3:30 job over the year, I should have some input. I keep many snakes, I don't however
work with burms, but have many friends that do and have countless hours of experience with them.
For starters the story of "bob" is complete bull. That story doesn't have anything close to resembling snake behavior.
Also the burm problem in Florida was mostly caused by hurricane Andrew destroying breeders facilities/houses and pet stores. The year after Andrew is
when there was an enormous rise of wild burms in the everglades. Irresponsible owners are only a fraction of the problem.
Of course to solve the burm problem, instead of just hunting them and just killing them (im not opposed to that, they are an invasive species), law
makers of course had help. They recently passed HR511 or what we call in the reptile trade the Federal Python Ban Bill. It stops the interstate travel
of 4 species of snakes, including burms.
So before hand when irresponsible owners got in over their head and ended up needing to get rid of the snake, they could sell it for quite a few
hundred dollars and send it to someone who could actually take care of it. Now they can only sell them in Flordia, so now they are MORE likely to
release them because they cannot get rid of it any other way.... good job DC.
Despite it being a flordia only problem and despite none of the other species on the list having wild breeding populations in the wild anywhere, they
still passed the bill. solving zero problems and making things much worse.
heres a short 5 min video on the ban. it was basically a conspiracy again the reptile world, fits right in with ATS
edit on 14-8-2012 by ohhwataloser because: spelling